• Ettal Abbey
    Ettal Abbey ©Ammergauer Alpen GmbH
  • Frauenwörth Benedictine Convent
    Frauenwörth Benedictine Convent ©Kurverwaltung Bernau am Chiemsee (Bernhard Schulz)
  • Scheyern Abbey
    Scheyern Abbey ©Fotofreunde Scheyern (Heiner Weihbeck)
  • Isenhagen Convent
    Isenhagen Convent ©Kloster Isenhagen
  • Siessen Convent
    Siessen Convent ©Tourist-Information Bad Saulgau
  • Erfurt Augustinian Monastery
    Erfurt Augustinian Monastery ©Ev. Augustinerkloster zu Erfurt
  • St. Marienstern Cistercian Convent
    St. Marienstern Cistercian Convent ©R. Pech
  • St. Mary's Catholic Collegiate Church, Neuzelle
    St. Mary's Catholic Collegiate Church, Neuzelle ©Bernd Geller
  • Cistercian Convent of St. Mary in Helfta
    Cistercian Convent of St. Mary in Helfta ©Kloster St. Marien zu Helfta Lutherstadt Eisleben
  • Varensell Benedictine Abbey
    Varensell Benedictine Abbey ©Benediktinerinnen-Abtei Varensell
  • Hegne Abbey
    Hegne Abbey ©VCH-Hotel "Haus St. Elisabeth"
  • Ottobeuren Benedictine Abbey
    Ottobeuren Benedictine Abbey ©Bayern Tourismus Gmbh
  • Lüne Benedictine Abbey
    Lüne Benedictine Abbey ©Kloster Lüne, Lüneburg
  • Stühlingen Capuchin Abbey
    Stühlingen Capuchin Abbey ©Kapuzinerkloster Stühlingen
  • Dalheim Abbey Gardens
    Dalheim Abbey Gardens ©LWL/Axel Thünker (x)
  • Arenberg Dominican Abbey
    Arenberg Dominican Abbey ©Kloster Arenberg
  • Andechs Abbey
    Andechs Abbey ©Kloster Andechs (Thomas Schmid)
  • Santa Isabel Abbey Hotel
    Santa Isabel Abbey Hotel ©Europa-Park Freizeit- und Familienpark Mack KG
  • Maria Laach Benedictine Abbey
    Maria Laach Benedictine Abbey ©ars liturgica BUCH- & KUNSTVERLAG MARIA LAACH
  • (Cretan) labyrinth at Werlte Bible Garden
    (Cretan) labyrinth at Werlte Bible Garden ©Bibelgarten Werlte

Staying at an abbey – sharing community life with nuns or monks

Spiritual places to stay: abbeys, monasteries and convents have recently experienced a renaissance as short stays with communities of nuns or monks have become a popular new trend. Increasingly people are discovering abbeys as inspirational places of culture and spirituality.

More than 300 abbeys in Germany are open to visitors of any denomination. The visitor programmes they offer vary greatly, depending on the abbey and the order. They include temporary stays, quiet days, fasting, meditation and a wide range of courses and seminars. The industrious monks of the Middle Ages built abbeys everywhere. Not all survived the ravages of time, but even if you visit an abbey in ruins, it still exudes an air of heavenly tranquillity. The popularity of abbey gardens and Biblical gardens also grows from year to year. As focal points of medieval learning, they were also very influential in how plants were grown and their use in nutrition, medicine and daily life. Slowing down the pace of life, consciously appreciating the beauty of nature, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and the moment at hand – that all happens of its own accord in an abbey garden. Stay overnight within the walls of an abbey! Abbeys were once all about praying and working, studying and learning, but today you can indulge yourself and savour life's pleasures in historical surroundings. Germany's abbey hotels – many of them historical buildings in a magical setting – offer the most wonderful earthly delights. If angels travelled, this is where they'd spend the night ...

Wander through the cloisters, be enchanted by the abbey gardens and let the information here inspire you!

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